Supporting Material

In addition to the application form and fees, applicants for graduate studies must submit the following supporting material:

Language Proficiency Tests (if the language of instruction in your previous university was not in English), submitted online

  • Anthropology requires a TOEFL score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 90 (internet-based). The UBC Institution code is 0965.
  • For more information on TOEFL and other language tests that we accept (e.g. IELTS, PTE, CAEL), please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies pages on English proficiency requirements.

Transcripts and Degree Certificates, submitted in hard copy via mail

  • If you are admitted to our program, two (2) copies of official transcripts of all previous academic work from each university or college attended are required, including for courses taken but not yet completed. If the academic records are in a language other than English or French, you must arrange for certified translations to be attached. Official, original or certified copies of the original records must be received in sealed envelopes and endorsed by the issuing institution. Please note that an official degree certificate must also be submitted if your degree is from an institution that does not indicate on the transcript that the degree has been conferred. For more information on the requirements for transcripts, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies page for domestic and international students‘ requirements respectively.
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Prospectus or Statement of Interest, submitted online

  • Your prospectus should be around 500 words (two pages, double-spaced). It should indicate your proposed area of study, outline what research you plan on undertaking in graduate studies, how you plan to accomplish your research, who you wish to work with, etc. Essentially, it outlines your research interest and intent at the graduate level.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume, submitted online

  • Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

Writing Sample, submitted online

  • The writing sample is to assess your writing. It is appropriate but not necessary for it to be on the topic of your grad work. If you are applying for the PhD program, we prefer to have students submit some portion of their MA thesis or major paper because our time commitment to PhD students is greater than for MA students. If you are applying for the MA program, an undergraduate upper-level major paper is appropriate. Please try to limit your writing sample to 20 pages double-spaced. If you wish to submit a writing sample that is longer than 20 pages, please include a rationale for doing so in your submission.

Reference Letters/Forms, submitted online

Three (3) reference letters are required for a complete application. The three references the applicant chooses should be given to individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. There are three possible formats for references:

Electronic references: In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. (Please note, that we are unable to accept e-mails from Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, MSN or other free e-mail accounts for referees.) A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference (e-reference) or upload a reference document as an attachment.

Once you submit your online application, your application form and fee are sent electronically to the Graduate Program Office. Please note that once you get admitted to our program, 2 copies of your official transcripts in sealed envelopes and endorsed by the issuing institution need to be received to the UBC Anthropology Graduate Secretary mailing address.

Mailing Address:

Graduate Secretary – Admissions
Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

*Please note that the GRE is not required